Carved Lead Spike


This excavated carved lead spike has a very pleasing overall white patina with patches of woodsy brown surface residue typical of a forest find. It is approximately 3-1/2 inches in length and, other than mild bending and a couple of dings to the head area, it is in excellent condition.

Recovered 1999 from a Union Cavalry camp in Albemarle County, Va.

Similar carved examples are pictured in in the following Civil War relic reference book:

  • "Civil War Artifacts" by Howard Crouch, page 40, item 1.
  • "Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War" by Stanley S. Phillip, page 194, item 11.
  • "Excavated Artifacts from Battlefields and Campsites of The Civil War - Supplement One" by Stanley S. Phillips, page 148, item 4.

 See above pages in the additional images.

Soldiers would often pass the time carving lead objects out of bullets and lead bars. From time to time these personal works of art are recovered. This carved spike was recovered with a variety of other miscellaneous relics such as Spencer carbine cartridge cases, eagle buttons, a Burnside carbine cartridge case, percussion caps, a cavalry spur part, and a soldier's ring. The digger hunted Civil War trails, campsites, and battle sites throughout central Virginia for several decades. This example will be an excellent addition to any excavated Civil War campsite or general relic collection. 

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